These are just some examples you can use pretty much anything you like. It is fun to mix smaller items with ones that really stand out.
Divide your children into teams of about 5. You may like to assign each one an adult helper to act as secretary. Put your tray of objects in the middle of the children.
They have 1 minute to look at the tray. You could turn the tray every 15 seconds.
Then remove the tray.The children now have to go off and try to remember as many items on the tray as they can. These all being written down.
After a set amount of time - judge this but about 4 mins is usually sufficient.
Read out all the objects they should have remembered and mark the sheets to find the winning team.
This is another great game for wanna-be spies.
What you need:
Divide your children into 2 teams.
Take one team out of sight and let them choose their disguises.
The other team sit in a line.
One by one the disguised agents walk along in front of them. The first child carries and leaves behind a briefcase. The second child then walks the line and collects it. This continues until all the disguised agents have walked the line.
The other team have to try to identify the agents as they walk past. They could simply call this out but you may like to use an answer sheet. The winning team is the one who guesses most agents correctly.
Tip - An adult should supervise the disguised agents and record the order they walk out. It may also be necessary to perform a "credibility check" i.e. you are not allowed to wrap a scarf totally around your head etc.
This is a spy party version of duck duck goose.
The children sit in a large circle feet facing inwards. Space them out if you have fewer kids and plenty of room. One child is chosen to be the spy.
They walk around the outside of the circle gently tapping each child on the head. As they tap each child they say "Agent". After passing by a few agents they suddenly tap the next child on the head and shout "Traitor".
They then set off running around the outside of the circle. The traitor must jump up and chase them around the outside. The first child tries to run completely around the circle and sit down where the traitor once was without being tagged.
An alternative is to have them run around the circle in opposite directions.
If they make it the chasing Traitor then becomes the spy and the game is repeated until everyone has had a go.
If you have the popular kid's game Pass The Bomb this is a doddle. The game contains a simple plastic bomb that conceals a timer and buzzer.
If you don't you can simply make a fake bomb. A few 20 cms lengths of dowel rods (broom handle) painted red and taped together with a few important looking wires hanging out to make a nice home made effort.
Divide your kids into 2 teams and line them up on opposite sides of the venue. Walk down each line giving each player a number. They must stay in numbered positions.
Its best to have the 1 on one side directly opposite the 10 (if there were 20 kids) on the other etc
The game is quite simple. The unexploded bomb is placed in the hands of any player.
An adult calls a number and the bomb holder must run and place (no chucking) the bomb in the hands of that numbered person on the opposite team before returning to their own place. Another number is quickly called and the new bomb holder has to quickly carry it back to that number on the other side. The game continues at quite a pace until the bomb goes off.
The team not holding the bomb when it goes off wins a point / prize.
Repeat as many times as you like.
If using a home-made bomb simply have an adult use a stopwatch to mark different times (30 to 90 seconds) before sounding a hooter, banging a tin tray or similar.
For added fun everyone can shout bang whenever a bomb goes off.
This spy party game takes a little preparation but is well worth it.
It can take various forms but basically the spies need to crack a code to open a box.
Any suitable box can be used - a document box works well.
The code is on the padlock.
The padlock in the picture (available from stationers and hardware stores) has a letter code that can be set to a specific word or name but a number code will also work fine.
The kids can work as teams or (if less than 10 in number) as one big group
Finding the code - There are various ways you can do this. Use your imagination but it is best not to get too complicated:
There are many other ways of presenting clues but do not try to be too clever.
If you only have a padlock with a key your clever clues could all point to the key's hiding place.
Of course once the spies have worked out the clues and found the codeword or number they are free to try to use it to open the box. Inside of course is the Top Secret File …….. or at least some sweets!
Kids love tug of war and its a great finish to a spy birthday party.
Give it a simple secret agent twist by having a "Top Secret File" attached to the middle of the rope.
Each team has to try to pull it back to their base.